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Chung Mong-joon cries foul play over FIFA's presidential election

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Claims of dirty tricks have surfaced in FIFA's presidential election campaign after Michel Platini's main rival lodged a complaint that rules had been broken.

Chung Mong-joon, the South Korean billionaire who is standing against UEFA president Platini, has lodged a complaint over letters sent to many Asian federations, with a template to be filled in supporting the French candidate.

Chung, a former FIFA vice-president, has raised the issue with FIFA's election watchdog claiming Platini and Asian confederation president Sheikh Salman from Bahrain have breached election regulations.

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He has lodged a formal complaint with electoral committee chair Domenico Scala and ethics investigatory head Cornel Borbely.

Chung has demanded they "immediately investigate the facts and the parties, including Sheikh Salman... Mr Platini, as well as the related confederations and members".

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He said: "Electoral regulations for FIFA presidency that demand FIFA presidential elections be carried out in a fair, transparent and reputable manner. It is an obvious case of election fraud infringing on the basic rights of other presidential candidates."

In the letter the federations are invited to complete the template and send it to FIFA. It states: "...just for good order, we wish to confirm that [NAME ASSOCIATION] is supporting only Mr MP and, accordingly, we did not sign any other declaration of support for another candidate for the office of FIFA president."

Meanwhile, FIFA's new reform committee revealed little of its first meeting bar that "important steps" had been taken towards meaningful change.

Francois Carrard, the reform committee chairman, provided no detail on any proposed changes at the end of the two-day meeting in Berne, Switzerland.

Carrard said in a statement: "The 2016 FIFA reform committee has enjoyed intense and fruitful discussions over the last two days. Overall, we have made important steps towards delivering meaningful and lasting reform.

"The reform committee discussed a number of areas of importance including overall governance, financial mechanisms and the responsibilities and scope of FIFA's various bodies"

Carrard said his next step would be to announce the make-up of an independent advisory board to oversee the committee, which will include two sponsors' representatives.

Women's football leaders are also pushing the FIFA reform panel to include a target of 30 per cent females on the world governing body's decision-making committees.

The next meeting of the reform committee will take place from October 16 to 18 in Bern.

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